Eddie Ron Boggs of Siler City, NC was born in Alamance County to Howard ("Happy") Eddie Boggs and Gail Crisson Boggs on April 6th, 1962. He was preceded in death by his Father. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Wanda Jones Boggs and his three children: Travis Ron Boggs (Sarina), Hollie Boggs Stewart (Logan) and Hannah Noel Boggs and his stepdaughter Holly Thomas Sorenson (Cody). He also leaves behind his mother and three sisters: Susan Boggs Stout (Marvin), Cindy Boggs Allmond and Christy Boggs Deese (John) and his three step granddaughters: Lilly, Adeline, and Della Sorenson and soon to be grandson, Cedar Wesson Burr.
Ron was a 1980 graduate of Southern Alamance High School and graduated from Piedmont Bible College with a degree in Seminary.
There is no one word that can describe Ron for he was a man of many passions and when he was intent on something, he was all in. In some ways he was quite a chameleon. He had a knack for picking himself up, turning the page and starting new – he was a master of reinvention….and he did all with a big infectious smile.
Christian: He was first and foremost a man of God and he had a great faith foundation. Ron lived his life as an open book. Some pages showed scars, mistakes, and broken roads, but each chapter ended with him laying all at the foot of the cross and the Holy Spirit calling him back. His parents raised him in the Baptist faith, and he had the best Godly example of men in his life. His faith never left him.
Husband: He was a caring husband. He loved "Wanda Woman" with his whole heart. He was the classic cut up who made her laugh and he was the spiritual helpmate who worshipped with her at Emmaus Baptist Church. Wanda was the best of compliments to him as a wife and she cared for him tirelessly until the Lord called him home to Heaven. They were a special team – loving life, their children, their grandbabies, and the beach together. He loved his in laws, Johnny and Mary Jones and his sister-in-law Angela Tillman (Marty) and always had a joke to tell. He cherished every moment that he was married to Wanda and was thankful that he was provided a Godly and committed spouse.
Father: He was a proud and loving Father. If his children were involved, he was there cheering them on and he would beam with pride talking about them. Travis was his only son and was given the gift of song and Ron was so proud of the kind and generous man he had grown to be. Travis has his Dad's kind and caring heart. Hollie was his basketball girl, his little "Ronda". He was so proud of her athletic accomplishments and most importantly her strength and resilience – Hollie has her Dad's tenacity and drive. Hannah was his youngest, his little "squirrel" and was given his gift of "gab" and charm – Hannah has her Dad's silly spirit and love of life. All three different but Ron lives in them all. They will cherish the memories they made together.
Son: Ron was a loving and dutiful son. When his Dad's health began to fail, Ron was there to care for his parents. When his mom was widowed, he was there for her, cheering her up - his "Priscilla". They loved "The Boy" and he knew no matter what, there was a home on the hill in Saxapahaw. His Dad coached his teams and his mom cheered him in the stands in all that he did. His parents greatest joy was his Salvation and they prayed fervently for all their children.
Brother: Growing up Ron was the typical brother. He picked, he joked, he taught them to "toughen up" and he pushed their buttons, but he loved his sisters with a special bond that only siblings have. He was always cutting up and making nick names and just made childhood fun. He made them look at green grapes as a weapon and we all knew he was too handsome to hang around with us for long. Our Family unit is forever changed.
Athlete: If you knew Ron, you knew he loved sports. He was an avid Duke Basketball and Dallas Cowboys Fan and he exceled in all that he did. Ron believed in outworking the competition and he especially loved playing basketball, baseball, and softball. Ron played for Southern Alamance High School and in the mid to late 1980's was a member of the Saxapahaw Men's softball teams coached by Buddy Collins, the Smith Trophy Burlington City Tournament Champions and Burlington based Pirates Men's softball team who won World's in US ASA, just to name a few. He was loved by his teammates, "Lefty", "Wheels", "Fat Dog", "RB" …no matter the name he was a hard out to get.
Coach: Not just any Coach, Ron was a working Coach. He thrived on being the underdog and making the most of the talent he was given. Some coaches handpicked their teams – Ron took those that signed up, wanted to play, and learn, and made them better together. He loved coaching recreation teams, local school teams, travel teams and anything sports related along the way. In baseball, basketball, football, soccer, and even cross country he instilled the fundamental skills and work ethic he himself displayed. He loved the kids of Alamance & surrounding counties and he was so proud to hear that he had helped someone along their journey.
Fighter: Ron was a fighter who never knew the word quit. Growing up he was often the shortest and the smallest, but he never gave up and he never stopped striving to be better. When he broke his ankle during a basketball game, he laced his sneakers tighter and finished before going to the hospital. When life in general knocked him down, he took a moment and got back up and said "next". When he was diagnosed with Cancer in September 2018 and the doctor said 6 – 8 months, he fought for 33 months and never lost his positive outlook and zest for life.
As we lay this Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, and friend to rest we are both sad and overjoyed. We are sad that he has left us in body, but we are confidently overjoyed that he resides in his Heavenly mansion today. Ron Boggs was many things to many people, but he was always a light in this world who left us way too soon. He is home now with his Dad…they're getting the field ready, he's getting a few shots in, they're baiting a hook before choir practice with a body that is free of pain.
In Dad's bible he marked a sermon from October 12, 1997 from 2 Timothy chapter 4 and there in Dad's handwriting, he highlighted verses 6- 9 and marked it "Ron":
"For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me:"
You can rest now Ron; the battle has ended and Jesus is Lord.